• Welcome to
    Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy


  • "Taylor"-ing Education to Prepare Students for the Digital Age


  • Providing enriched instruction in mathematics, science, and technology


Who Are We

Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy provides enriched instruction in mathematics, science, and technology in an academically challenging, college preparatory environment. Teachers engage students with research-based practices to develop 21st century skills such as cooperative and collaborative learning and technology integration. Teachers develop curricula guided by school-wide learning outcomes in conjunction with a national network of educators on the forefront of project-based learning in an environment supported by technology similar to the business world.

Our Mission

The Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, in partnership with the business community and local universities, is devoted to providing a challenging, rigorous learning environment in which academically capable students pursue advanced studies with an emphasis on science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.

Our Goal

Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy is a unique public school offering a comprehensive college preparatory program emphasizing the sciences, mathematics, and technology. Taylor provides an environment of academic rigor within a school culture of respect and responsibility.

Our Approach

Our small learning environment supports the social, emotional, and educational needs of students. The expectation of professional personal conduct is evident throughout the school in the responsibilities afforded student leaders and shared governance among the faculty and staff. Through an advisory program and low teacher-student ratio, teachers develop long-term relationships with small groups of students. Further, opportunities for career planning and work experience are available through mentorship opportunities for students who excel academically.

Our Process

Commitments and goals are expressed in school-wide learning outcomes (SWLO), a set of goals for learning valued by all members of the academic community. Academic rigor requires both student and parent commitment to intellectual curiosity through critical thinking. A culture of respect acknowledges the importance and value of each individual within our school community. Responsibility necessitates that each student participate fully in the school culture and curriculum designed to accomplish school-wide learning outcomes.

Our Rockstar Faculty

The teachers and staff at Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy are all highly qualified, dedicated professionals. For a complete list of our faculty, click here.


Students are offered an ambitious and rigorous curriculum based on Common Core Standards and further supplemented by Jefferson Parish honors requirements. The curriculum is designed to foster higher order thinking through core academic subjects taught, with the eighth graders earning Carnegie units to allow for acceleration. In junior and senior years, advanced placement and college level classes are provided. Taylor Academy offers a well-rounded course of study that allows students the opportunity to develop special interests and talents in science, math, and technology. Honors credit in any subject is forfeited when the student fails to meet the Jefferson Parish honors requirements. Honors credit is issued at the end of course after all requirements are met. For a complete list of the courses we offer, as well as their description, please see our course catalog. Students should refer to the Student Handbook for additonal information.

Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy was ranked first in Jefferson Parish and second in the state of Louisiana for the 2013-2014 school year. The school earned a school performance score (SPS) of 138 on a 150 point scale. Download our school report card.

Patrick Taylor was also ranked number 46 on the 2014 list of top high schools in the US by the Daily Beast! This is a huge accomplishment for the students, the parents, and the staff of Patrick Taylor. Please click here for the full list and article.

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What's new

Congratulations to Ms. Jaime Zapico, who has been selected as the Jefferson Parish High School Principal of the Year! Ms. Zapico was previously chosen as the Middle School Principal of the Year in 2013. She works hard to provide excellent educational opportunities for the students of Patrick Taylor Academy.


The first semester of the 2015 – 2016 is drawing to a close. We have just under two weeks left of the second nine week period, and final exams, which count for 25% of the student’s final average, will be given on December 18 and December 19. Please make sure your child is aware of the importance of these exams and how much it is counted for in his or her final average. As always, you can check the status of your child’s progress 24 hours a day seven days a week at http:// echo.newtechnetwork.org. The dismissal time for all three days will be at 11:15.


Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy is ranked 49th in Daily Beast/Newsweek’s America’s Best High Schools and first in the state of Louisiana. Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy receives an A from the state of Louisiana and ranks second in the state and first in the Jefferson Parish Public Schools. Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy is ranked in Niche.com Best Public High Schools as fourth in the state of Louisiana and third in the metro New Orleans area.


JPPSS is participating in a School Climate Transformation Survey through the School Climate Transformation Grant. The survey will allow schools to measure conditions for learning to improve the school’s environment. The results will be used to develop and implement data driven targeted interventions that will improve academic achievement, increase student safety, increase graduation rates, among other favorable outcomes. The survey will be administered to all students in 4th, 5th, 7th,9th & 11th grades by using a survey link and a school code so the results can be aggregated by school. If you would like your child to refrain from taking the survey please fill out the form and return it to the school office as soon as possible. Students will also receive a hard copy of this form in study hall. Thank you!
The Class of 2016 will graduate on Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 PM at the Alario Center. .


Please join us for the fourth annual Gala on Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM, at Southport Hall. Please visit Patrick F. Taylor 2016 Gala Website to to purchase tickets, sponsor the event, donate items for baskets or make a cash donation.
The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) has provided the following PARCC Parent Resources:
PARCC Parent Resource Packet for Districts
Parent Guide to PARCC Student Results
Parent Conversation Guide for Teachers
PARCC Results Parent Night Presentation
For more information, visit the LDOE Family Support Toolbox
Parent Resources


Summer Reading information is available on the School Forms page.
Congratulations to Emily Kraus, who was selected as the middle student of the year, and to Madison Pierce, who was selected as the high school student of the year. Many students were nominated for this prestigious honor by the teachers. Students nominated had to write an essay and complete a packet which showcased their leadership qualities, outlined their service to the community, and listed awards and honors they have received.
More Awards and Honors...
Student Resources

Faculty & Staff

Jasmine Hernandez (counselor) was named the Multi-level School Counselor of the Year by the Louisiana School Counselor Association.
Angela Guthrie (math) was named the 2014 Outstanding High School Mathematics Teacher by the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics (LATM).
Cheryl Bordelon (ELA) was named PFTSTA Teacher of the Year.
Kelly Maher (technology) was named LACUE Educator of the Year for Region 1
More Awards and Honors...
Teacher Resources

Click here to view the PFTSTA Calendar on a mobile device


The application period for the 2015-2016 school year is currently closed. Results from fall testing were sent out February 5, 2015.

Counselor's Corner

Our mission is to create a safe and open environment that meets the academic, social, emotional, creative, and physical needs of all students so they can learn, continuously improve, and meet the challenges of an ever-changing society. Visit Ms. Hernandez's web site for more information about counseling and college and career planning.

Application Process

The Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) Advanced Study Academies (ASA) will hold a 2016-2017 application period from September 28 to October 30, 2015. Applications will be made available on September 25 on the ASA page of the JPPSS website, at all JPPSS schools, and at the JPPSS Administration Building at 501 Manhattan Blvd. in Harvey. For more information please visit the admissions page of Jefferson Parish Public School's ASA web site

Deadline: 12:00 NOON on Friday, October 23, 2015.

PFTSTA Library

The library has been designed for 24/7 access. Visit online to see what is in the print collection; find electronic resources; read about library special events and activities; get help with research and citations; and discover new and interesting literature for tweens and teens.


Search print and electronic resources


Read about classroom collaborations and all library special events


All databases are password protected. See Ms. Kahn for access.

Copyright Free Resources

Find links to help you with class assignments and projects

College Prep

Helpful resources for college application, scholarships, and testing

PFTSTA Library Facebook

Follow the PFTSTA Library on Facebook.

Extracurricular Activities

Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy offers a variety of sports and clubs to both middle and high school students. These extracurricular activities promote leadership, responsibility, and collaboration skills, while helping to foster relationships and reinforce Taylor's unity throughout the school year.


Taylor promotes academics above all, but we have quite a remarkable history as part of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA). Several of our sports teams have gone to the State Playoffs numerous times.


Taylor's clubs promote learning and competition. Each club is sponsored by a teacher that cares about the students and what the club stands for. Students travel around the state of Louisiana to compete for titles for our school.

Boys Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track & Field

Girls Sports

  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Visit http://patricktaylorathletics.org/ for more information

  • 4H Middle School
  • 4H High School
  • Academic Games
  • Band
  • Bookmarked
  • BRiMS
  • Chi Alpha Mu
  • District/State Rally
  • Environmental Science
  • French Club
  • GiST
  • HOSA
  • Key Club
  • Literary Club
  • Makerspace
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • Multicultural Club
  • National Honor Society
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Photography
  • Quiz Bowl
  • SAFE
  • Science Fair
  • SGA
  • Speech & Debate
  • Taylor Tube
  • TedEd
  • Yearbook
  • Youth Alive

Get In Touch With Us

Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy
701 Churchill Parkway
Avondale, LA 70094

Phone: (504) 838-2249
Fax: (504) 436-0257

Principal's email: jzapico@pftsta.jppss.k12.la.us
Main office email: ngunderson@pftsta.jppss.k12.la.us
Cafeteria Phone: 504-561-3311